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2019 BOYS GOLF PREVIEW: Team-by-team capsules

Coach: Trevor Patterson, first season

Key returners: N/A

Key newcomers: Will Powell (Jr.), Sreyas Gentela (So.), Cam Davidenko (So.), Harrison Powers (Fr.), Josh Suk (Jr.), Will Lane (Fr.)

What to know: Trevor Patterson, an assistant at Lambert for the past two seasons, will have the task of starting Denmark’s boys golf program. Besides junior Will Powell, who played at South Forsyth, everyone else on the roster is a newcomer to the sport. Of course, it’s also a young roster, and as such, the Danes will be looking to continually improve over the course of their inaugural year.

North Forsyth

Coach: Rodney Moore, 18th season

Key returners: Nick Lasseter, Drew Nizialek, Parker Vaughan, Bradley Boone  

Key newcomers: Hunter Galbraith, Dax Isbell

What to know: The Raiders lose a couple of key performers from last year in all-county selections Jackson Boone and Griffin Orzech, but they bring back Nick Lasseter, another 2018 all-county golfer who averaged a 74 with a low of 69 in his sophomore year. North secured a seventh place spot at the state tournament last season, but feel that if they learn to finish better, they’ll have a chance to better that.

West Forsyth

Coach: James Hallewell, second season

Key returners: Ryan Pollman, Jason Quinlan, Peyton Balent, Trevor Jones, Jackson Hilton, Connor Wilkie, Ryan Grizzard

Key newcomers: Jimmy Coleman

What to know: West certainly seems to have a good foundation for this season – the Wolverines bring back seven of their nine varsity starters from last year. Topping that list includes 2018 all-county selections Jason Quinlan, who led county golfers with a 73 at the state championship, and Peyton Balent, who averaged 76 at tournaments. For the Wolverines, the key will be to make sure all that returning talent peaks by the time the state championship comes around.

Forsyth Central

Coach: Greg Dirst, 23rd season

Key returners: Jake Scharff, Drew Odlham, Thomas Miller

Key newcomers: Dalton Newsome

What to know: The Bulldogs will be very young this year, but will have senior Jake Scharff to lean on for leadership. With their inexperience, improving as the season goes on in preparation for the area tournament will be goal.


Coach: Brooks Youngblood, fourth season

Key returners: Myles Jones (So.), Stephen Foernsler (Sr.), Judson Kenney (Jr.), Jack Weaver (Sr.), Nathan Peterson (Sr.)

Key newcomers: Luke Cusick (So.), Ethan Elm (Fr.), Kyle Stine (Fr.), Eric Ahn (Jr.), Carson Rossi (Jr.), Luke Mitchell (Jr.), Nathan Sastry (Jr.)

What to know: Despite losing 2018 county boys golfer of the year Mitchell Taylor, Lambert feels like it still has the core to be very competitive this season in defense of its Area 3-7A title. That starts with sophomore Myles Jones, last year’s individual area champion who finished fifth at state. Head coach Brooks Youngblood feels that the No. 5 and No. 6 spots are still up for grabs, but believes that he has around eight golfers that can compete for those spots.

South Forsyth

Coach: Jonathan Schreier, fourth season

Key returners: Drew Shell (Sr.), Parker Duncan (Jr.), Blake Parkman (So.), Michael Dotson (So.)

Key newcomers: Tejas Alandur (Fr.)

What to know: The War Eagles feel like they have more team experience than they did last year, but South will still be a young bunch. South lost some seniors from last year’s top six, but 2018 all-county selection Drew Shell will be helping to fill that leadership void – he averaged a 75 last year. The War Eagles feels like they have a chance to be special if they perform like they expect to. The Johnny Paulk Invitational at Jekyll Island on March 2 will be a chance for them to see where they’re at in terms of composure.